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Oswald in the margins

Annotations and additions in a medieval manuscript copy of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History Johanna Dale We tend to think that writing in library books is a bad thing. Some time ago the Cambridge University Library held a small exhibition showing some of the most egregious examples in their collection. I remember seeing on display a libraryContinue reading “Oswald in the margins”

Cult and Image of St. Anne in Late Medieval England

Tracey Silvester Anne was a created saint who grew to function symbolically for a wide range of different social groups in their cultural practices, with considerable powers as mother of Mary and grandmother of Christ. By the late Middle Ages in England, the cult had manifested itself in horae, vitae, plays and feast day celebrations, and wide-ranging devotionContinue reading “Cult and Image of St. Anne in Late Medieval England”

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